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Beyonce and her sis Solange are shutting down a fancy restaurant in New Orleans Saturday night to throw their mom Tina an epic 60th birthday party – we’re told costing at LEAST $100,000 – but the hilarious part … Bey got second-billing on the invite!

It’s a black tie masquerade-themed event, and Beyonce and Solange are hosting it at the pricey Muriel’s Jackson Square in the Big Easy (we hear the turtle soup is beyond).

And under the category “Charity begins at home” – Beyonce allowed Solange to get TOP BILLING!


Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2014/01/10/beyonce-solange-birthday-party-mother-tina-new-orleans/#ixzz2q23loz8p

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7 Hand Gestures That Make You Look Like an “Intellectual”

  1. The Dialectic. “This is a dialectic and I’m going to explain it.” – Use when expressing a shift from one thing to another. Highly infectious.
  2. The Critical Whirl. “I’ve read too much Marx and I can’t get my words out.” – Accelerate and repeat until idea unpacked.
  3. The Backhand Slap. “I know I’ve said it before but I will say it again.” – Use as reinforcing gesture when critical opponent seems unresponsive.
  4. The Tiny Dialect. “I’m making a very fine distinction.” – Use when unpicking specific detail, or when too self-conscious to use the “The Dialectic” gesture.
  5. The Point. – Use to direct everyone’s gaze towards a particular individual or object.
  6. The Shelf Sweep. – Use when explain hierarchies.
  7. Picking up Small Ideas – Use only when seated in front of an audience.

You’ve definitely seen it at some point. Maybe it was in a lecture in college. Maybe it was in a TED talk you watched recently. Someone is trying to explain some important historical connection, drawing up a grand theory of art or science or human progress, and there it is, as if by reflex: the hand lifts in front of them like an upturned claw, the fingers slowly turning an invisible dial. That’s “The Dialectic,” one of the hand gestures you’ll need to master to become a genuine thought leader.

Alice May Williams and Jasmine Johnson observed “the full complement” of these gestures in the process of earning their MFA at Goldsmiths College in London. In an effort to bring them out of the rarified world of academia and into the lives of ordinary people, the duo created a handy instructional website: The Glossary of Gestures for Critical Discussion.

Throughout their courses, Williams and Johnson saw the gestures repeated so frequently that “it became hard not to notice them spreading from academics to students and back again,” they explain–a sort of vicious cycle of performative thinking. The more they looked, the more they saw

read more: http://www.wired.com/design/2014/01/use-hand-gestures-look-like-real-intellectual/

TMZ got this video 4 years ago but we decided not to post it … in large part because he was 15 and immediately told his friends what he did was stupid.  People connected with Bieber say one African American was present at the time he told the joke, although that really doesn’t matter much.

The video was posted Sunday on a British pay site.

Sources connected with Bieber say he is “frustrated and sad” and now wants to address it publicly, which we’re told he will do in the next day.


Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2014/06/01/justin-bieber-racist-joke-video-n-word/#ixzz33OX6j4u3

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For Season 2, the USA Network drama is casting the recurring roles of Kelly, an alcoholic who meets Briggs at AA (but has no idea of his link to her own tragic past), and Vera Walker, Mike’s new FBI supervisor… and perhaps more. You’ll also meet Zagurski, the Fed now laying claim to Mike’s Graceland room – unless, that is, Mike can convince his new boss to let him return to the house and hunt down a very big fish.